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Considering Annuity Investments for Retirement

As baby boomers enter retirement age, estate planning and sound investing loom large as they plan for a happy retirement and for leaving their children a legacy. Annuities offer a way to invest your money [more…]

Deciding When to Cash In Your Social Security Retirement Benefits

Social Security taxes cover five categories: retirement, disability, family, survivors, and Medicare. At this time, workers with earnings of less than [more…]

Using the Quicken 2006 Retirement Calculator

Imagine that you decide to jump into your employer's 401(k) thing (a type of profit-sharing plan) and that it allows you to plop $6,000 into a retirement account that you think will earn about 9 percent [more…]

Estimating (Or Ignoring) Your Social Security Benefits for Retirement

All your retirement income may not have to come from your savings. Do you have a company pension, did someone leave a bunch of money in a trust fund for you, or are you eligible for and planning to receive [more…]

The Best Places to Save for Retirement

You have many options for saving for retirement. However, 401(k), Roth IRAs, and other retirement plans have different strengths and weaknesses. The following is a listing of retirement savings options [more…]

Establishing Automatic Investment Programs for Retirement

You may want to consider establishing automatic investment programs to save for your retirement. Several automatic savings programs may be available to you. You need to determine how much you can direct [more…]

Carefully Timing the Start of Your Social Security Benefits

Most of us look forward to the time when we can retire. Retirement often comes with a steady paycheck from the government in the form of Social Security. Collecting Social Security may seem as easy as [more…]

How to Use the Retirement Calculator in Quicken 2010

Maybe you want to do some financial planning for retirement. Quicken 2010 provides the Retirement Calculator to help you figure out how long till you can retire and live the good life. [more…]

Four Financial Planning Steps for Women

Many women seem comfortable leaving their long-term finances and retirement planning to their husbands. If in the past you've taken a backseat to your husband in terms of your family's finances, it's time [more…]

Personal Finance For Seniors For Dummies Cheat Sheet

You work hard for your money. In order to enjoy an enjoyable and stress-free retirement, you need to make the most of your finances and retirement planning. You can get on the right track by determining [more…]

6 Steps toward Retirement Savings for the Late Starter

It’s never too late to start saving for retirement. If you feel like you're getting a late start and need to catch up on your retirement savings, here are six things to remember: [more…]

How to Survive a Surprise Early Retirement

A surprise early retirement is becoming an increasingly common occurrence. The challenging economy has forced many companies to lay off workers. One strategy for cutting back on expenses is to offer early [more…]

When Should I Begin Collecting Social Security Retirement Benefits?

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For many Americans, when to begin collecting Social Security retirement benefits is the $64,000 question — only that number may greatly understate the amount [more…]

How Much Will I Get from Social Security?

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The average Social Security retirement benefit is about $1,300 per month ($1,328 in 2015), and the maximum at full retirement age is more than [more…]

How to Appeal a Social Security Decision

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If you’ve applied for Social Security disability benefits and you’ve been denied, don’t give up. You can challenge a benefits decision by Social Security — you [more…]

Social Security For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Social Security is part of virtually every American’s life in retirement, if not sooner. If you’re like most people, you’re aware that when you start collecting retirement benefits affects how much money [more…]

Life Changes the Social Security Administration Wants to Know About

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You need to inform the Social Security Administration (SSA) when something happens that may have an impact on a payment going to you or to dependents who are [more…]

What Is Social Security?

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Social Security is the foundation of long-term financial support for almost every American. If you’re like most people, you’ll depend on Social Security to help [more…]

How (and How Much) You Pay into Social Security

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Social Security is paid for through taxes. (No surprise there.) But you’re not the only one paying into the Social Security pot: Your employer also pays a portion [more…]

Who Qualifies for Social Security Retirement Benefits?

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Social Security retirement benefits were created to help older Americans live in dignity and independence after a lifetime of work. To qualify for these benefits [more…]

How Much Do Social Security Retirement Benefits Pay?

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Although you have to rack up 40 credits to qualify for Social Security retirement benefits, that doesn’t determine the size of the payment that goes to you or [more…]

What You Need to Apply for Social Security Retirement Benefits

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When you’re applying for retirement benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will need a lot of information about your recent earnings, marital history [more…]

What You Need to Apply for Social Security Survivor Benefits

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When you’re applying for Social Security survivor benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will need a lot of information about you and the decedent [more…]

What You Need to File for Social Security Disability Benefits

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When you’re applying for disability benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will need a lot of information about your identity, work history, and medical [more…]

Four Outrageous Myths about Social Security

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Something about Social Security stirs the popular imagination. Rumors and phony stories have attached themselves to the SSA from the start. Sometimes you can [more…]

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